Big family celebration for Diamond anniversary pair

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Hastings couple Terry and Shirley Gooch were surrounded by family when they celebrated their Diamond Wedding at the weekend.

The couple met when they were still at school and have been inseparable ever since.

Their youngest daughter Verity Lennard organised a big party in the garden of her St Leonards home where Terry and Shirley enjoyed celebrating with their family, which includes 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The couple met when they were at school in Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Terry had come to Devon when he was an evacuee from London. He went into the Royal Air Force at the age of 15 and a half and served there for 22 years. Shirley worked in a jewellers.

The couple spent two and a half years in Australia with the RAF and later in married quarters in Lincoln, Grimsby, Finningly and at the HQ in High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire.

Terry didn’t retire from the RAF until 1975 but had moved the family to Hastings in 1970 as he was posted for a year to RAF Muharraq in Bahrain.

After he retired, Terry eventually joined the NHS in 1980 as a Medical Electronics Engineer and worked at St Helens, The Royal East Sussex and Buchanan Hospitals, in Hastings and St Leonards.

He finally retired from the NHS in 2000.

The couple lived in Lower Park Road and Ashford Road and now reside in King Edward Avenue.

They have six children - three sons and three daughters of whom they are very proud. They have sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Verity said: “We had a lovely day on Saturday with gazebos set up in the garden and more than 50 people taking part. They enjoyed themselves and we had very good weather that day.

“They really do come as a pair and are rarely seen apart.”

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